The film is (rather upsettingly) based on a real-life story and, in refusing to make a single cut, director Spiros Stathoulopoulos does not contrive action, instead telling the story from the perspective of the family by absorbing every single second of terror. But as much as it holds the viewer’s attention, it is hard to know what this film wants to say. The obvious question to ask is what role the camera plays as it dances around the terrorists and captures the family’s tears up close. It could be a statement pressuring the media to present such tragedies in unedited form, but this is a generous suggestion as it mostly appears to be played for entertainment. Shocking and gut-wrenching, PVC-1 is certainly not to be taken lightly.
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Comprising just one take, this bizarre independent film tells the story of a group of extortionists who prey on a family living out in the sticks in Colombia. The three men are ruthless in their methods, tearing the children from their bedrooms and tying them up in the living room. After it is revealed that the family is poor, the men are far from sympathetic, attaching a collar bomb to the mother’s neck in a shameless act of terrorism before fleeing the scene. Determined not to live in fear, the family alerts the nearest bomb squad and travels across land and river to meet them. But amidst their tenacious struggle, there are constant reminders that everything could go horribly wrong in an instant.